Shirley Thomas ’55 Hegewald

Shirley E. Hegewald, age 87, of Grand Rapids entered her heavenly home on January 3, 2021. Surviving are her husband, Cornelius; daughters Sarah (Jim) Breuker, Heidi (Jack) VanSledright, Tammi (David) Haaland; son Thomas Hegewald; grandchildren Benjamin (Amber), Aaron (Elida), Bonnie and Daniel VanSledright, Adam Breuker, Rachel (Nick) Reed, Micah (fiancée Elizabeth), Caleb, Jonathan, Eden and Faith Haaland; great-granddaughter Myra VanSledright; brother, Gayle Thomas ’53; brother-in-law Paul Warnshuis; and several nieces and nephews.

Shirley was a longtime member of LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church where the private service will be held. Friends are invited to watch the service via livestream on Wednesday January 6 at 1 PM, (link available on the funeral home’s memory page). Interment in Fairplains Cemetery. For those who wish, memorial contributions to either LaGrave Avenue CRC Christian Education Fund or Westminster Food Pantry are appreciated. To share a memory or to sign her guestbook, visit

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